Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 28th February 2014
I hope you were all able to grab a little rest and relaxation during half-term and have some quality family time. Those of you with older teenage children will already have experienced this, but it is becoming apparent to me that as my children get older I tend to see less and less of them during the holidays as their social circle expands and mum and dad become a little less appealing. I do think it is essential that we as parents maximise every moment with our children and I do value the conversations around the dinner table when all five of us are together and the discussions in the car as I ferry them to various parts of Greater Manchester and Cheshire. I think they do too!
One unforeseen consequence of writing this weekly “journal” came to light recently. This week we have been interviewing again and have appointed two new teachers for September. During the interviews, candidates have often stated that their first impression of Wellington was via the website and more specifically this report. They have said how impressed they are by the messages it sends out, most notably the wealth of activities on offer, the dedication of our staff and what appears to me a very honest, open and positive relationship between home and school. Of course, I would concur entirely with this view.
Inevitably, there was lots going on during half-term with extra lessons aplenty but also our very first Wellington School USA ski trip which Miss Macglinchey tells me was “a roaring success!” Here are few more words from Miss about the trip; “Our New Hampshire accommodation was superb and the buffet meals definitely piled on the lbs. Pupils spent their days skiing the cold mountain slopes of Loon and Cannon. In the evenings pupils could be found in the games room, hot tub, swimming pool or outside firing snowballs at us poor teachers!! Although we were sad to leave the ski slopes behind we were excited for the next leg of our journey and after a mammoth 3 hour shopping mall trip we arrived to the bright city lights of downtown Boston. We had a wonderful evening in the 'Cheers' restaurant “where everybody knows your name”. Our final day was spent doing a Boston bus tour, walking the Freedom Trail, admiring ships in the harbour and spending our last few dollars in Quincy Markets. I have to say the pupils were exceptionally well behaved and we received numerous compliments about the group from the hotel, airline and ski instructors. A big thank you goes to Mr Morgan, Miss Withers, Miss Richards and Mr Gubbins for giving up their half term to help run the trip and take care of the pupils. The trip could not have gone any better which bodes well for next year’s trip (which I am already busy organising). All I can say is watch this space...” Thanks to all the students who once again seem to have enhanced Wellington’s reputation and to the staff who accompanied them; it doesn’t sound like too much of a hardship though.
Eve Selwood-Metcalfe (7SLS), Elizabeth Jones (11 ZSE) and Jade Broadbent (12 AFR) have had their work selected to represent Wellington School & the Art Department by winning a prestigious place at the Living Edge Magazine Arts Competition which will be exhibited at the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford Quays on Saturday 8th March. The exhibition is open in the Hexagon Room 11am- 3pm with a brief presentation between 11 & 11.30 a.m. I’m sure the girls and the Art department would welcome your support if you are in the vicinity and could pop in for a viewing. Well done Eve, Elizabeth and Jade, your work is stunning.
Miss Hudson has asked me to pass on how proud and thankful she is to all her Year 11 Textiles group who gave up 2 days (10 hours) of their half term to come in and work on their GCSE practical projects. They had a very productive two days and this will help alleviate a little of their workload this term before their deadline of March 28th. It is important that all students with impending deadlines in practical subjects manage their time effectively; coursework must be completed to the very best of your ability but this must not prove detrimental to other subjects.
Miss Hitchens, Megan Denniston, Iman Jacoby, and Bronte Ward (all Year7) were visited this week by Hayley Misell who is Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Manchester, Salford and Trafford. They interviewed her for the BBC School Report they are currently producing. The girls were already excited to find out more about the disease and the its repercussions, particularly for child relatives of those who suffer, but were even more pleased when they received goody bags full of resources and even some pin badges. The girls are now looking forward to editing the interview footage alongside a BBC team in the coming weeks. Miss Hitchens has been delighted with the evolution of this project and is immensely proud of the girls’ efforts. I have mentioned in previous bulletins that we have had something of a focus on several levels in School on mental health and wellbeing issues that are often neglected by society and perhaps by “the powers that be” and I have been buoyed by pupil response to these important matters. Ultimately, I hope this response manifests itself most strikingly by raising a huge amount for “Moodswings” through our sponsored walk next Friday.
Mr Poole informs me that students took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Challenge earlier this month, and the results have been received back from the Trust. Particular well done to Harry Smith, in Year 9, who obtained the best result of any of the students in either Year 9 or 10. Other results were as follows:
Year 9: Best in Year (and Silver Certificate): Harry Smith; Bronze Certificates: Scott Ng, Ella Brown, Niamh Molloy, Gianni Bandiera Leigh, Joe Cordoza and Angela Wisten.
Year 10: Best in Year (and Bronze Certificate): Ruby James; Bronze Certificates: Eleanor Cole, Emma Sevant, Rhea James, Dominic Cole and Adam Broda.
Printed certificates are to follow from UKMT. Very well done to all who took part and indeed to all the Maths teachers.
Mrs Roe-Bennett writes; “On Wednesday, 42 Year 10 students took part in the Keynote student revision conference for French, held in Manchester. They learned how to improve their pronunciation and picked up lots of useful tips on how to maximise their grades. Our students were, as always, a credit to Wellington and their excellent conduct was, once again, commented on by the course organisers and even the coach driver.
An extra special mention must go to Beth, Faten, James, Ruby, Joel, Leon, Millie and Aimee who performed in a live demonstration in front of the whole conference which consisted of approximately 500 other students! Faten took part in 'the Weakest Link'. 'Anne Robinson' asked who was 'Tres bon and who should be gone?' Faten was the strongest link until the final round and narrowly missed out on a bag of mini Crunchies (much to the disappointment of Joel!) but Millie won a £15 itunes voucher for posing the best question of the conference.” It never ceases to amaze me how our students at events such as this will always “have a go”; I would have been petrified as a child at the thought of “performing” in front of 500 peers. Well done to all who went along and I hope it helps to yield more excellent GCSE language results in the future. Thank you to Mrs Roe-Bennett, Mrs Williams (Head of MFL) and Mrs Thomson (Year 10 Pastoral Manager) for taking the students to the conference.
They’ve only gone and done it again! The Year 9 netball team once again won the Trafford tournament on Tuesday, beating Loreto in a closely fought final and then followed this up with an 18-13 demolition of Manchester High School for Girls on Wednesday. Chloe Addis was awarded Girl of the Game.
Year 7 also played Manchester High on Wednesday but lost 12-4.
Of all our rugby teams, the Year 9s, for various reasons, have had fewest fixtures and so Mr Gerschler was pleased to have them back in action against the Manchester Enterprise Academy at Altrincham Kersal on Tuesday 25th February. The team enjoyed a fantastic 40-5 win. “The boys endured a tough start to the game, conceding the first try and committing a few handling errors. However, their nerves settled after the first 10 minutes and their quality shone through. All their hard work on the training pitch was evident in their play with some fantastic defensive, counterattacking rugby. After tries by Ben Redman and Matt Yates the boys were leading 10-5 by halftime. It was more of the same in the second half with Fly Half Jake Howarth dictating play and Second Row Gianni Bandiera-Leigh setting the example in defence. Another two tries from Matt Yates, two tries from Mikolaj Mars and a try each for Michael Barker and Callum Wardle sealing an impressive 40-5 victory. A game against Stretford Grammar School is next up for the Year 9 team on Tuesday 4th March.” Thank you to Mr Gerschler for his match report.
Years 7, 8 and 9 are all in action next week and Year 8 and 10 the following week. Good luck to all teams in what is going to be a very busy sporting this half term.
Great news for one of our student’s sporting endeavours outside of school. Harvey Tero in Year 9 (pictured here) has been selected for the England judo squad. Just reward for the hours and hours of training and the miles covered by Harvey’s parents at weekends taking him to various competitions. We shall follow your progress closely, Harvey.
The AS Applied Science group went to Robinson’s Brewery on Thursday (why do I always miss out on the trips of most “interest”?) for a guided tour to learn about the company and the Chemistry of brewing. Mrs Brown explains , “The purpose of the trip was to aid the students in producing a detailed survey about a Science related company. They have already done a lot of research on Science at Work, and this is to be their final report for their portfolio. A good time was had by all (although being underage meant no free samples!), and lots of information was gathered to aid the report writing. A big thank you to the staff at Robinson’s who were extremely helpful.” And thank you Mrs Brown and Science Technician, Mr Lane, for leading this excursion.
Mrs Wilson, 6th Form study centre manager and matriarch, reports that 5 of our Year 13 students attended a Career Insight event at the Barclays headquarters in Manchester on Wednesday. “They spent the day developing their employability skills and finding out about all aspects of retail banking, including the Barclays’ sponsored degree programme. They returned to school enthused and excited about applying for the programme and very positive about their day. The seminars were informative and interesting and they participated in lots of interactive tasks too. All 5 were especially keen to mention the complimentary coffee and delicious lunch!
An excellent day, well spent and hopefully a great platform for an exciting career path.”
Catering manager, Kim Dunn, has asked me to mention that there have been issues in the Dining Room, namely long delays at the tills because students have been attempting to load money onto accounts at that point. Students cannot do this at the tills and must use the “loader” at quieter times (break or before school). Ideally accounts will be topped up using parent pay online. May I also add that the School does not offer credit. Finally, if a student is having problems with their “fingerprint”, then parents should write to request a pin number.
As mentioned earlier, next Friday is our Sponsored Walk, an undoubted highlight of the school calendar. Please give generously and encourage friends, family, neighbours etc to do likewise. If you are passing through in a car next Friday morning you can expect to be accosted by 6th Formers in fancy dress brandishing collection buckets – have those notes ready!
The night before (Thursday 6th March) is our first ever PSA Race Night. There are still a few horses left to be sold (remember there’s a 1 in 8 chance of walking away with the £50 owner’s prize) or you can just come along on the night for a drink and a flutter (family tickets only £2 for entry). Should be a great night and all proceeds will go into PSA funds to be spent on those little extras for our students.
I mentioned our 75th Anniversary celebration ball in my last bulletin. You should receive a letter home and (for those who requested it) an email today with further details and a reply slip. It would be great to see many of you come along on 31st May. If the event is a success, I see no reason why a Summer Ball shouldn’t become a fixture on the Wellington School calendar.
I’m somewhat mindful of tempting fate but hasn’t the weather been glorious this week? Let’s hope we have more of the same over the weekend. Have a good one.
S P Beeley
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